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Khulumani Support Group

Khulumani Support Group

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Khulumani continues its support to the Marikana Widows

On February 19, 2014, Judy Seidman and Nomarussia Bonase visited with the Marikana widows in Pretoria for several hours at their request.

Judy shared the short film that she had produced of the workshop with the widows. The widows felt that the video accurately reflected their ideas and they requested that it be shown widely.

They also suggested that further video installments be produced to tell their stories, especially as they are still treated as mere observers of the Farlam Commission proceedings. Each widow received a copy of the DVD. 

KNOWING SORROW AND KINDNESS: Poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow
 
As the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow.
 
You must speak it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
 
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day
to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

When the State recognises only some Struggle Veterans for assistance: Injustice & Inequity promoted by the South African Government

Khulumani is anticipating participating in a multi-country comparative study into the needs of individuals and their families injured as a result of political violence in South Africa. Previous studies conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Surrey have focused on identifying the needs of victims of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland and of their carers. One respondent in that study pointed out that “People who suffer from injuries are made to look like beggars if we need help. Doctors and government say it’s our past and we have to move on. This is our present.”

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Opening of Art Exhibition by Widows of the Marikana Massacre at the Marikana (Farlam) Commission

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  When: 9 to 30 September 2014 at the Marikana (Farlam) Commission venue in Centurion, Pretoria.

 

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